NEW YORK (AP) After Kyrie Irving accumulated points in his previous two games against Boston, his shot was absent on Friday night.
He has offset it with every other aspect of his game.
Irving just missed a brace despite a terrifying night of shooting, Joe Harris has scored 20 points and The brooklyn network regained first place in the East Conference with a 109-104 win ahead Celtics on Friday night.
“We know we won’t have it right away in some games, so we have to fight for it,” said Irving.
He netted his old team with 77 points in 67 minutes in a winning pair this season, but this time shot just 4 for 19 and missed all six of his 3 points.
But he netted 15 points, including the free-throw that ended in the remaining 1.6 seconds, and added 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals as the Nets completed a Celtics sweep season, only is third in their franchise history.
“He didn’t have his typical scoring night, but very little and far between the fact that he didn’t score at full speed,” said Nets coach Steve Nash. “He didn’t, but he definitely broke the basketball game defensively and overall he attracted a lot of attention, so I think he’s great in a lot of different ways compared to what. we are familiar. “
Jayson Tatum had 38 points and 10 rebounds but could barely do it alone in the first half, when he had 25 of the Celtics’ 51 points.
Payton Pritchard (22 points) and Marcus Smart (19) started after halftime, but the Celtics could not pass 19 turns, giving Brooklyn a huge advantage with a score of 32-0 in quick break points.
“Whenever you flip the ball a lot and you give a team like Brooklyn the chance to get out in transition, get easy shots and stuff like that, it’s going to be very hard to win in matches, ”said Pritchard.
Neither team has two of their three best players. Kevin Durant missed a third consecutive match with a bruised left thigh, left with James Harden (right hamstring) left.
Jaylen Brown missed his second match in a row because of left shoulder bursitis, while Kemba Walker rested his left knee on the second night of their confrontation with Boston after beating Phoenix on Thursday.
Boston took a 17-point lead from Brooklyn to 98-95 with about 3 and a half minutes left after Pritchard and Tatum’s three consecutive trebles. But Harris responded with a 3-pointer and Irving took the lead with Jeff Green on a pitch to quickly push back the lead to eight.
Green has 19 points for Brooklyn, winning for the third time in six games. But that’s good enough to return to idle Philadelphia ahead, the team fell three consecutive games.
Brooklyn took a 17-0 advantage in quick breakouts in the first half and threatened to explode but was unable to stop Tatum, who had 3 points left 3.4 seconds past 16 points in the second half of take him and cut it down to 60 -51 at break.
The Nets kicked off their game again, with Harris making three consecutive passes from Irving to make it 10-0, making it 86-70 at the last minute of the third inning.
Celtics: Evan Fournier is back after missing nine consecutive matches due to health and safety protocol reasons but misses it all seven times. … Brown’s injury is not serious but he cannot fully exercise, coach Brad Stevens said, adding a guard will be present every day.
Nets: Mike James scored eight points after signing a 10-day contract on Friday. The professional has spent 9 years playing mainly in Europe and spent the last two seasons with CSKA Moscow and averaging 17.8 points in 41 games this season. … Nash said yes but maybe not likely Tyler Johnson (right knee pain) could return on Sunday.
NO REST – OR MAY SOME – FOR WEARY
With Durant and Harden injured, Irving played for more than 37 minutes in three consecutive games, including on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
“I’m not comfortable with it, but I don’t know what options we have,” Nash said. “We are limited in our bodies, we are limited in the people who handle our ball. So we are in a difficult situation right now.
The Celtics are in a similar position to Tatum, but Stevens says he will have a day off in the near future.
Other Nets raids on Boston took place between 1993-94 and 1996-97. They drew 4-0 in both seasons.
Celtics: In Charlotte on Sunday.
Nets: Sunday Phoenix.
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